Jamie O'Neal's gift is her passion for life and for music. She writes songs with heart and intelligence, delivering them with casual elegance in what one critic described as "a Ferrari of a voice.'
Exploding onto the country music scene with the devastating end-of-love song, "There Is No Arizona," she set a high standard for herself as both songwriter and singer. Her new album, Brave, more than builds on that promise, as O'Neal confirms her strengths as a singer's singer, but also makes impressive strides as a songwriter, co-writing nine of the record's 11 songs. Sonically, she draws from her eclectic musical tastes, with songs that run from showcase ballads to swampy Southern rock. Lyrically, she explores struggle, family, womanhood and spirituality displaying a deep understanding of both the peaks and valleys that accompany a life fully lived.
Much of the more mature perspective heard in the new songs emerged after she gave birth to her first child, daughter, Aliyah in June 2003. "Nearly everything changed once I became a mother - the way I felt about life and the way I looked at different things,' she says. "My writing has definitely changed, so a lot of my songs are geared toward the emotions of being a parent and raising a family and just looking at the world through a parent's eyes.'